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April 2017

Monday April 24, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Bev Sellars in Williams Lake

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: Shape of a Girl at the Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, BC)

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Spoken Nerd: Jordan Abel at the Storm Crow Tavern in Vancouver

Wednesday April 26, 2017
Play: “The Shape of a Girl” at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC

Thursday April 27, 2017
Poetry reading: Stephen Collis at Cascadia College in Bothell, WA

Thursday April 27, 2017
Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch!

Saturday April 29, 2017
Authors for Indies Day (national)

Saturday April 29, 2017
Poetry reading: Nikki Reimer in Calgary

May 2017

Thursday May 4, 2017
Play: “Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth” in Kamloops, BC

Friday May 5, 2017
Read Local BC Event: Meredith Quartermain and Anahita Jamali Rad at the Cottage Bistro in Vancouver, BC

Friday May 5, 2017
Play reading: “A Taste of Empire” by Jovanni Sy, Toronto

Saturday May 6, 2017
Book Launch: Same Diff at the Duplex (Vancouver, BC)

Monday May 8, 2017
Book Launch: Inspecting Nostalgia by R. Kolewe in Toronto

Monday May 15, 2017
Rumble Theatre’s Living Room with Tetsuro Shigematsu

Tuesday May 16, 2017
Reading: Stephen Collis at Cafe Voltaire (Prince George)

Thursday May 18, 2017
Play: “The Paradise Arms” in Vancouver

June 2017

Thursday June 8, 2017
Poetry reading: R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder, Toronto

July 2017

Thursday July 6, 2017
Play: “Hosanna” at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal

September 2017

Friday September 22, 2017
Sidney Literary Festival, featuring M.A.C. Farrant

October 2017

Thursday October 26, 2017
Play: "Only Drunks and Children" at the Magnus Theatre in Thunderbay, ON

November 2017

Friday November 3, 2017
Stephen Collis at the Festival of Readers (St. Catharines, ON)

January 2018

Tuesday January 16, 2018
Play: Empire of the Son at Alberta Theatre (Alberta, AB
Posted: Wednesday October 2, 2013
Talon Authors Unite at WORD Vancouver

Since 1995 The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society has produced The Word On The Street Vancouver, the primary literary festival for Western Canadian book lovers and literacy enthusiasts. In 2013 this festival rebranded as WORD Vancouver. The first festival was a one day event at the then newly built Vancouver Public Library and it featured 60 exhibitors and attracted 18,000 festival goers. Since then, the festival has expanded to three days and now attracts an average of 30,000 attendees to events taking place at Carnegie Community Centre, Historic Joy Kogawa House, and Library Square.

The main festival event takes place each year on Sunday, September 29, at the Vancouver Public Library. This year, heavy winds and rains forced exhibitors off the Library Square concourse and into the library itself, which was infinitely more dry (and just as aesthetically pleasing). We’re proud to report that Talonbooks authors figured prominently at the event; eight (wow!) of our authors came in from the rain on Sunday, drenched and soggy, but excited to read from new (and old) work.


Festival exhibitors relocated to the VPL’s beautiful interiors.

First up, Daniel Canty and Oana Avasilichioaei read from the new inventory-novel Wigrum in the library’s Blenz cafe, which, due to the extreme weather conditions, doubled as the Canada Writes tent (thanks, Blenz!).


Daniel Canty and Oana Avasilichioaei frame Wigrum at the 32 Books table.

Next, outside on the covered CUPE Stage, poet Stephen Collis braved the humidity and read from his poetry collections The Red Album and To The Barricades.


The CUPE tent. Note: bookish Vancouverites are always well prepared for rain.

Meanwhile, over in the Poetry Bus – an actual Translink bus, parked to showcase the latest Poetry in Transit campaign – readings took place throughout the day, including Mark Cochrane, Mariner Janes, and the charismatic and prolific bill bissett, who read from a variety of his works, including the latest hungree throat.


The Poetry Bus, courtesy of B.C. Translink.


bill bissett, surrounded by fans, following his transformative reading. “Let it be known that bill bissett rocked the poetry bus,” said one enthused audience member.

Also in the Poetry Bus was the official Poetry in Transit reading. We are pleased to report that three Talon Poets were selected for the annual provincial campaign: Dina Del Bucchia, Stephen Collis, and Wanda John-Kehewin will each have one poem appear in a Vancouver transit shelter this year!


Dina Del Bucchia reads from Coping with Emotions and Otters.


Stephen Collis reads from To the Barricades.

While Dina Del Bucchia, Stephen Collis, and Wanda John-Kehewin read their funny, touching, and emotionally and politically charged poems in the jam-packed bus, Jordan Abel performed poems from the Place of Scraps as host of the Poetry is Dead Magazine event on the third floor of the library. PiD editor and Talon poet Daniel Zomparelli was also in attendance, of course!


Photo of Jordan Abel courtesy of Steel Bananas Art Collective

Thankfully, our camera survived the moisture, and the inspiring, fun, and exciting atmosphere (generated by the hardworking Rebus Creative organizers) is alive in these photos. Diehard attendees and readers may even find themselves going through WORD withdrawal this week. Fortunately, we can all look forward to the Vancouver Art/Book Fair at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend (more information on the Art/Book Fair is available here) and the Vancouver Writers Fest later near the end of October.



Recent news Articles
[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia] Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia

By R. Kolewe

Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.

In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.

[Once in Blockadia cover] Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon

An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis

By Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.

[cover of An Honest Woman] Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon

“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman

By Jónína Kirton

For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.

Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon

Karasick gives to SFU library

Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.

Current Catalogues

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CURRENT FRONT LIST


 
[cover of A Crossing of Hearts]
A Crossing of Hearts

Michel Tremblay
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Frontlist

[cover of A Taste of Empire]
A Taste of Empire

Jovanni Sy
Drama

[cover of An Honest Woman]
An Honest Woman

Jónína Kirton
Poetry

[cover of Crees in the Caribbean]
Crees in the Caribbean

Drew Hayden Taylor
Drama


Ebooks (Full List)

Talonbooks
Backlist

[cover of Empire of the Son]
Empire of the Son

Tetsuro Shigematsu
Drama

[Entering Time cover]
Entering Time

Colin Browne
Non-Fiction

[cover of From Oral to Written]
From Oral to Written

Tomson Highway
Frontlist

[cover of In Search of New Babylon]
In Search of New Babylon

Dominique Scali
Translated by W. Donald Wilson
Frontlist

[cover of Inspecting Nostalgia]
Inspecting Nostalgia

R. Kolewe
Poetry

[cover of Legend]
Legend

Michael Blouin
Frontlist

[cover of Messenger]
Messenger

Wendy Lill
Frontlist

[cover of Same Diff]
Same Diff

Donato Mancini
Frontlist

[cover of The Gorge]
The Gorge

Nancy Shaw
Edited by Catriona Strang
Frontlist


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